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Conte: Hazard will play when he's ready

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Antonio Conte has said his management of Eden Hazard's injury will pay off for the Blues in the long-term, the Standard Sport reports.

Hazard has come in and out of the side to regain fitness, starting against Nottingham Forest and making an appearance at the weekend against Stoke, so the Belgium looks set to be in contention for a starting spot on Wednesday night in Madrid.

However, the Italian is happy to wait for him to come back at the right time, and is not going to rush things.

"I think Eden is improving a lot and in contention for the game (in Madrid). After his injury and surgery you need time, and if I make the decision (to start him) it is because I think he is ready."

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Chelsea have looked strong this year, every player is fighting for their spot and the manager has said it shouldn't matter where you start from, the bench or in the starting eleven.

"When you are in a great team with many great players, you must understand that you need to be ready to start on the bench, ready to come on and make a difference."

"I don't see a problem. We are managing his recovery very well. Hazard is very important for us, so we have to make sure he is ready to play a full game."